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Florentine Cookies with Chocolate and Orange

Delicate almond lace cookies, drizzled with chocolate and fragrant with the zest of an orange. The batter is made on the stovetop and then cooled, and then the cookies are baked up thin, crispy, and sweet. Drizzle with chocolate or make sandwich cookies. The perfect addition to your Christmas baking list.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cool15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Keyword: almond, baked, chocolate, christmas, holidays, lace, orange
Servings: 48
Calories: 47kcal


  • 1 cup slivered almonds chopped
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest approximately, from one orange
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups granulated white sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate for melting about ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Chop almonds in a food processor or with a knife until finely chopped. Combine with almond flour, zest, and salt.
  • In a medium pot, combine the sugar, cream, and butter. Bring to boil, boil for one minute, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir.
  • Let cool 15-20 minutes or until it's at a temperature you can handle.15 minute timer
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a half sheet pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Scoop teaspoons of batter onto the baking sheet. (1 - 1.5 teaspoons in size)
  • Flatten with wet fingers.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes. Bake 8 minutes
  • Let cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the pan and then move to a cooling rack.Cool 10 minutes
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds and then follow up with 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted. Dip a fork into the chocolate and drizzle over top of the cookies.
  • Cool in fridge to set chocolate. Store in fridge or freezer.


Notes – Makes about 48 1 teaspoon-sized cookies (they bake larger than this because they spread).
Substitutions – Choose the chocolate you like – dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate.
Storage – I keep mine in the fridge or freezer.
Nutrition – Nutritional information is an estimate only, intended for informational purposes, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice. The estimate is based on a nutrition calculator and every recipe will vary slightly depending on the products you use in your home. This estimate is per serving.


Calories: 47kcal